Ahmed Patel says Congress will win Gujarat, targets PM Modi, Amit Shah

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, Ahmed Patel accused the two of "misusing" central probe agencies.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 10, 2017 6:32 pm
ahmed patel, gujarat elections, congress, rajya sabha elections, congress gujarat elections, narendra modi, amit shah, bjp gujarat elections, indian express news Ahmed Patel, who won the Upper House seat from Gujarat in an election that went down to the wire, said the victory had enthused the Congress and filled the cadre with new energy. (Source: Express Photo/Anil Sharma)

Upbeat after his victory in the Rajya Sabha poll, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Thursday said it was the BJP which made the contest a prestige issue and exuded confidence that his party would win Gujarat assembly election due later this year.

Patel, who won the Upper House seat from Gujarat in an election that went down to the wire, said the victory had enthused the Congress and filled the cadre with new energy. “I am sure we will also win Gujarat. The BJP made it a prestige issue, it is their loss,” Patel, who is usually reticent, told reporters at a protest rally at the Jantar Mantar organised by the Youth Congress.

The Congress has been out of power in Gujarat since 1995. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, Patel accused the two of “misusing” central probe agencies. “Even the BJP is afraid of these two people. One is a constitutional authority and another is an extra-constitutional authority. You know who these two people are. All agencies are being misused,” Patel alleged, without naming the BJP leaders.

In the run-up to the Rajya Sabha election, the Congress accused the BJP governments in Gujarat and at the centre of pressuring its MLAs by using the state machinery. It also herded its MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru. The income tax department had raided a Karnataka Congress minister, prompting the party to accuse the Centre of “terrorising” its MLAs.

Patel, a Congress heavyweight and political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, claimed the BJP offered its MLAs Rs 15 crore to change sides, but everyone rejected it. He said the youth should now give a call against the BJP to “quit the seat of power” (gaddi chodo).

“They promised two crore jobs every year and 50 per cent more profit to farmers than what they spend on their yield. They promised to bring down inflation and corruption. But they failed on every front,” Patel said. Congress leaders C P Joshi and Raj Babbar also addressed the gathering. Congress workers led by Youth Congress President Amrinder Singh Raja marched towards Parliament, but were detained by the police.\

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    Sunil Sharma
    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:24 am
    The DIRTY TRICKS of the bjp FAILED THIS TIME. It worked in Goa, Manipur Now Bihar but failed in RS election. Money and force was used to lowest level .The integrity of the bjp under AS is dangerous and Shameful. Its goons trying to HIJACK THE ELECTION 25 crores were paid to MLA to jump party to get BJP into power.SHAMEFUL.Hai Ram The bjp led by AS were beaten in its own crooked tricks. WHAT GOES AROUND WILL COME AROUND.
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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    It is nothing but shame to say you had won which is against all odds against you favour nd that too out of 60 MLAs , you are not able to get the 44 votes from your own party and won because of NCP and JD(U) that supported or else imagine what happened ??? When you yourself is not able to win convincingly how about the Congress will do it Assembly elections and be ready for complete wash out in the coming Gujarat Assembly Elections which is for sure !!!
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    Vish
    Aug 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    For retaining 1 single seat also congress had to sweat out all their 70 years of experience and talking about winning Gujarat. What can be better joke than this? Ha Ha. Please don't insult Chanakya by comparing to this fellow.
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    mklburg
    Aug 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    HAVING WITH 57 MLAs OF THEIR OWN SOME HOW COME AHEAD ON TECHNICALITIES BARELY WITH ONLY 44 VOTES JUST AT MERCY OF BJP BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GO TO COURT , IS THAT NOT SHAME FOR CONGRESS, WHAT IS THERE TO CELEBRATE? THEY SHOULD BE GETTING READY IN TO MOURNING AND CLEARLY SEE THE FAST APPROACHING DEATH,
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